The global staffing industry generated 497 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. In that year, the United States' staffing and recruiting industry sales reached 161 billion U.S. dollars, 85 percent of which was generated in the temporary and contract employment sector. In the United States, temporary and contract employment totaled 16 million in 2019. Employment figures have been sporadic between 2000 and 2019, and so has the average length of temporary and contract assignments. The average lenght has risen overall since 2000, reaching 10.1 weeks in 2019, but decreased after the peak registered in 2013.
Despite the U.S. holding a large share of the global staffing industry, the largest staffing firm in the world is not American, it is the Dutch company Randstad. In 2019, the company’s revenue amounted to 23.68 billion euros (nearly 29 billion U.S. dollars), with the largest share of its business generated in the staffing and HR services segment. The largest U.S. company in the ranking is Manpower which generated close to 21 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2019.